Incident: Iberia A319 enroute on Jun 3rd 2011, airborne boarding
|By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jun 3rd 2011 14:21Z, last updated Friday, Jun 3rd 2011 15:29Z |
An Iberia Airbus A319-100, registration EC-KMD performing flight IB-3721 from Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) to Madrid,SP (Spain), was enroute over Niger about 2 hours into the flight when an expectant mother, pregnant in her 36th week, went into labour. Assisted by a midwife, a paediatrician and a doctor amongst the passengers the woman gave speedy birth to a healthy baby boy weighing about 3kg about 15 minutes later. Upon recommendation by the doctor the crew decided to continue the flight to Madrid for a safe landing about 4 hours after birth, an ambulance met the aircraft after landing and took mother and still unnamed baby to a hospital.
The airline said, that the airline recommends expectant mothers not to fly but can not ban anyone. In addition there had been extraordinary circumstances because the mother had attended a funeral in Malabo.
The mother later said, she had travelled to Malabo to bury her father despite being pregnant in her 36th week. The birth lasted just about 15 minutes, the boy has been named Antonino.